By Lt. Roland Ramon, PIO/Administrative Assistant
California Correctional Training Facility
With the help of CDCR personnel, a state prison inmate is back in state custody after escaping from a California State Prison in 1981.
Inmate Ricardo A. Estrada was initially arrested on March 24, 1981, by San Francisco County and sentenced to a two year term for assault likely to produce great bodily injury.
Estrada was received into the California Department of Corrections (as CDCR was then known) on May 26, 1981.
On Sept. 16, 1981 while at the Correctional Training Facility (CTF) in Soledad, a Vocational Instructor at the garage discovered that Estrada was missing from his outside perimeter garage assignment.
Upon completion of an emergency count it was determined that Estrada had escaped.
Estrada had a lengthy criminal history. He used numerous aliases during his arrest history and resided in several locations that included arrests in San Francisco, California, Houston, Texas, and Bossier City, Louisiana.
On Aug. 25, 2011, Estrada was arrested in Louisiana for illegal entry into the United States under the name of Juatemo Fonsales.
Estrada was placed in the custody of the U.S. Marshals service. During this time he was retained in several Federal. He was later transferred to the Federal Correctional Facility (FCF) at Lompoc, Calif.
On July 24, 2013, the CTF staff contacted the FCF to make arrangements to have Estrada transferred to CTF.
On July 30, 2013, members of the CTF/Salinas Valley State Prison Crisis Response Team picked up Estrada from the FCF and transported him back to the CTF.
Estrada was found guilty of being in violation of California Code of Regulations 3015(d), specifically “Escape without Force.”